Introducing my Janome Xpression Felting Machine. Oh, you have seen it before. Several times. But this time you get a bonus. You get to see what I MADE with it!!
It has been so long that I don’t even remember when I bought it. I am thinking about five years ago. Worth every penny I paid.
I finally cracked open the manual. Read the few pages of instruction. Mostly the manual told me about the tools that came with the Felting Machine. I didn’t see them the two times I took the machine out of the box to photograph it. Ah. Inside the removable arm thingy. 5 needle cartridge, a single needle cartridge, 3 extra needles, two screwdrivers and a cleaning brush. Plus a one hole felting plate. All there. Thank goodness!!
Even a DVD came with it. I watched it twice and got started.
Machine felting is so easy. A baby could do it. Within less than a minute I was going at top speed. It is all done by pushing whatever I pile on top down into the fabric on the bottom. Preferably wool felt, denim, something sturdy as the base fabric.
I made this first.
This is the back. Even pretty and usable from this side. I think I will make it into a necklace.
It was too easy. So I decided I had enough practice. And started on a larger piece. No clue where I was going with it. I was thinking, clean slate, just start laying pieces.
I had plenty to chose from. Felt from my macrame projects.
Yarn from my stash.
These came from Salvation Army’s Thrift Store. 25 cents each. What a
And roving. Which I bought a couple years ago.
Immediately after starting and taking the first photograph, I knew I should have selected a different base color. Oh well. I tried to brighten it up by adding white and bright colors.
I just kept adding stuff.
See my leaves. They are just halfway pushed into the felt. I gave them a tug to see if they would pull out. Nope. They are in there tight.
For border #1 I used avocado wool felt. For border #2, I used this linen/linen look fabric I got from Salvation Army’s Thrift shop.
Now I have to decide how to finish off the back.
I am sorry it took me so long to try machine felting. My lost. Just think what I could have accomplished by now. Clean up is a breeze. Open the trap door. Remove the lint collected.
I have loads of ideas. Embellished fronts for handbags. More wall hangings. Baskets. And somehow I will incorporate felting into my quilting.
I guess I won’t be needing this.
LOL!! No since mailing this off now. Janome has since switched out this model for something else. It is a good thing, too, that it works just as it is supposed to.
Guess what? Another project comes off the MAY To-Do list. (I will keep plugging along until they are all finished.)